You have also given me the shield of Your salvation;
Your right hand has held me up,
Your gentleness has made me great.
You enlarged my path under me,
So my feet did not slip.
Gentleness is a hallmark necessary for Christian unity. Gentleness is the opposite of pride. It refers to a humble, submissive attitude. Gentleness is not weakness, but strength submitted to God and channeled into service to others.
God is characterized as gentle in the Old Testament (2 Samuel 22:36; Psalm 18:35), while Jesus was characterized as “gentle and lowly in heart” in the New Testament (Matthew 11:29, 2 Corinthians 10:1).
This Godly gentle spirit is considered precious to Him when it is found in a believer. Believers are charged to pursue gentleness (1 Timothy 6:11). And once found, we are to wear it like a garment (Colosians 3:12).
Growing up, I wasn’t very pretty. I was really overweight and kind of nerdy (ok, really nerdy). I can remember no one asking me to my 8th grade Valentines dance and how much it devastated me. I also remember my best friend telling me that sometimes there are things we cannot control (such as our physical features), but we can control our “inside beauty”. She told me to make the most of what God has given me.
Some of the greatest attributes of “inside beauty” are gentleness and kindness towards others. Going along with the old adage “you win more flies with honey…”, you can win more people into friendship with gentleness than with a rude demeanor.
Gentleness is also useful when winning unbelievers to Christ. 1 Peter 3:1-4 refers to how this Fruit can be more useful than outward beauty for a woman trying to persuade her unbelieving husband to Christianity.